Thursday morning, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dontavia Bogan tweeted out that he had been medically cleared to return to full football action. For those who are not aware of him, Bogan was signed by the 49ers last summer as an undrafted rookie free agent. He went into camp looking to compete for a roster spot, but tore his ACL early on. It sidelined him for the year, but he appears to finally be back and ready to compete.
Nocal put together a post last summer with a quick rundown of some scouting reports about Bogan. CBS Sports has a fairly extensive pre-draft scouting report on the former South Florida Bull. One common comment is that Bogan is a strong route runner with solid hands. He is not the biggest or fastest guy in the world, but he would appear to be a guy who could work the middle of the field fairly well.
The 49ers wide receiver position will have quite a bit of competition, and depending on how the team approaches the draft, Bogan could be a more likely practice squad candidate. As things currently stand, the 49ers have Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn Jr. and Kyle Williams projected to the 53-man roster. Moss is on a non-guaranteed contract, so anything is possible with him, but for the most part, those five seem to be likely wide receivers for the 49ers next season.
The 49ers went with five wide receivers last season, and we saw how much that bit them in the butt. They are likely to go with six receivers, which opens the door for Bogan. If the 49ers elect to draft a wide receiver in the first two days of the 2012 NFL Draft, that leaves Bogan in a tough spot. If he can put together a strong training camp, he could very well claim a spot. It is worth noting that he did a lot of kick return work his sophomore and junior seasons, with only four returns his final year at USF. Ted Ginn will be the primary return man in 2012, but it will help having a solid backup, as we learned this past year.
Bogan has sounded very motivated since he first was injured, so we'll see how that translates on the field. He is going to really have to bust his butt to earn a spot on the 49ers 53-man roster in 2012.